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Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

The most delicious semi-homemade cinnamon rolls using frozen bread dough with a homemade cream cheese glaze!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Servings: 12 Rolls
Calories: 303kcal
Author: Eden
Cost: $10


Cinnamon Rolls

  • 2 pounds frozen bread dough
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Cinnamon Roll Icing

  • 4 tablespoon butter room temperature and soft to the touch
  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature and soft to the touch
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk more needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Let the bread dough thaw out completely.
  • Roll the dough out on a floured surface to a 15" semi-rectangle. Does not have to be perfectly shaped.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, tablespoon cinnamon and give it a stir to mix.
  • Melt the 1/2 cup butter and brush it over the dough. Save a little melted butter to brush over the top of the rolls later.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture over the dough, covering the entire surface.
  • Starting from the top, tightly roll the dough to create a log shape. Roll it as tight as possible.
  • Cut 12 slices in the cinnamon roll log and place them in a buttered cast iron skillet.
  • Make sure they're separated because they will expand quite a bit while baking.
  • Brush the top of the rolls with the rest of the melted butter and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes.

Cinnamon Roll Icing

  • In an electric mixer, cream together the soft butter and cream cheese. Make sure to get it as smooth as possible.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and continue to beat on high until smooth with a glaze like texture. Add more milk if needed.
  • Pour the glaze over the cinnamon rolls when they come out of the oven.
  • Enjoy every bite!


There are several brands of frozen bread dough that will work. Try Rhodes Bread Dough or we used Primo Taglio Pizza Dough. The white traditional pizza dough they sell at Trader Joe's would work too.
You can bake these in a cast iron pan or a rectangular casserole dish. It makes 12 and they expand so make sure the dish is big enough for the rolls to have a little space.
When making the glaze, it's important the butter and cream cheese is very soft. This will result in a creamy texture. If it's cold it will be clumpy and hard to make it smooth.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 486IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg